While speaking to BBC Urdu, Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, said that the militants who are not a threat to Pakistan should not be targeted.
Speaking further, Mr. Aziz stated that Pakistan should not make enemies unnecessarily, nor should it get too involved in what is essentially the Afghan government’s problem.
“Why should America’s enemies unnecessarily become our enemies,” he said.
“When the United States attacked Afghanistan, all those that were trained and armed were pushed towards us. Some of them were dangerous for us and some are not. Why must we make enemies out of them all?” he added.
This statement comes at a time when there have been news of a Pentagon report which alleges Pakistan’s involvement with militant groups despite the ongoing military operation.
Mr. Sartaj Aziz also spoke regarding the neighbouring Afghanistan, stating that the Afghan Taliban are a problem for the Afghan government, and Pakistan should not take it up as its own problem.
“It’s the job of the Afghan government to negotiate with them…We can try to convince them, however things are not the same as they were in the nineties,” he stated.
Speaking about Chief of Army Staff Raheel Sharif’s US trip, Mr. Sartaj said that the relationship between Pakistan and US is on the path to improvement.